In 1957, “Ben-Gurion, [Shimon] Peres, and a few Israeli scientists were determined from the start that their nation would be far ahead of its Arab neighbors in science and technology. They seriously believed that Israel could be among the top tech powers on Earth, which would guarantee its military supremacy over the much larger nations surrounding it.” – Spies Against Armageddon – Inside Israel’s Secret Wars (2012)

In Jerusalem, the United Nations (a truly United Nations) will build a Shrine of the Prophets to serve the federated union of all continents; this will be the seat of the Supreme Court of Mankind to settle all controversies among the federated continents, as prophesied by Isaiah.” – First Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, Look Magazine 1962

Israel ’15 years ahead’ in cyber warfare capabilities | However, the Israeli military does boast some of the most advanced cyber capabilities in the world.

“We are ahead of the rest of the world in digital capabilities by at least 15 years. We’re integrated operational internet capabilities which enable any commander to do anything in any place,” the officer explained. Israel National News 2016

Greg McCarron and Jeremy Rothe Kushel do an incredible job of tying together Israel’s domination of the high technology sector in the aftermath of Israel’s successful September 11, 2001 attacks starting at the 9:10 mark. Jeremy really hits this point home at the 20:35 mark when he reads an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s book, ‘The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism‘ [pg. 550].How The Talpiot Program Works | The Antedote Podcast 2018

Tech-un Olam: Repairing the World One Israel Innovation at a Time | Literally, Tikun Olam translates to, “fixing the world.” This implies that the world is a broken place, and… our world is in need of repair.

Tikun Olam can be seen in a thousand different places and faces. And you don’t need to be religious to want to help. One of the reasons I transitioned from being a pulpit rabbi and started my new non-profit organization, welaunch, is because I am so passionate about what I call Tech-un Olam: the power of technology, R&D, innovation, entrepreneurism to repair this broken world.

Over the past decade, Israel has arisen as an innovation superpower, last year ranked #2 in the world for innovation by the World Economic Forum (The World Global Competitiveness 2016-17 Report). In fact, there is so much entrepreneurial, investment and startup activity in Israel that it has been dubbed, “The Start-up Nation.” And this has been accomplished, in no small measure, due to Israel’s scientists, researchers, engineers, technicians, entrepreneurs and CEOs. Although most of these men and women would describe themselves as secular, nonetheless, I would suggest they are among the most devout, dare I say “religious,” people whom I have ever known.

For a while I told myself I was no longer a pulpit rabbi. However, with the launch of welaunch, and the ascent of the Start-up Nation, I’ve come to understand that I simply have a new congregation which I’m helping to build.

The shul (synagogue) is located in R&D centers, co-work spaces and research centers throughout Israel.

The siddurim (prayer books) we use come in the form of research papers, business plans and pitch presentations.

The tefilot (prayers) are expressed through the sweat, sacrifice and service of these tzaddikim (righteous people) who have transformed Israel into “Congregation Start-up Nation.”

And my congregants, these are men and women fueling the Start-up Nation, fulfilling the mitzvah of Tech-un Olam, repairing [JD: or trying to rule] the world one Israeli innovation at a time.

Talmud: Backbone of Israeli Tech Industry